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Vikings hit new low
The Daily Tribune
Monday, October 03rd, 2005 01:28:20 PM
HIBBING Ã¢â‚¬â€ I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think it could happen, but the Minnesota Vikings have sunk to a new low.
With their embarrassing 30-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, the Vikings are now 1-3 on the year heading into their bye week.
The VikingsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ futility on offense and defense was dismal.
What excuses can Coach Mike Tice use for this loss?
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IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll bet heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll say he had six defensive players out and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why the Falcons were able to run up and down the field with reckless abandon.
That excuse isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t going to fly.
If a team is prepared well enough for a contest it shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t matter who plays. By the looks of it, this team wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t well prepared for what the Falcons threw at them.
We knew they were going to run, yet our defense wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t in position to slow that running game down.
The real reason our defense is so bad is the coaching.
Fran Tarkenton was on the radio play-by-play, and he said that with conviction.
When asked, Tarkenton said you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t play a prevent defense the whole game.
You have to be aggressive. The Vikings are way too passive. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no pressure and the strongest part of our defense was supposed to be the defensive line.
So much for perception. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no strong part to this defense. This is the most pathetic group of defenders this side of the Mississippi River.